Professional Development Resources

*NEW* FERPA Training PowerPoint

Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please click here and log-in to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Aslo be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy.

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division. Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: JoJo Wray
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Labor and Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office: Judy Mott
  • Strategic Initiatives: Ethan Hamblin

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form. Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

Labor Supervisor Orientation Sessions

The Labor Program is offering several of their annual Labor Supervisor orientations, which are designed to equip labor supervisors with the essential tools to be effective. If you are a new supervisor or in need of a refresher course, please consider attending!

  • July 20th
  • August 7th
  • August 10th
  • August 13th
  • August 20th
  • August 24th

All sessions occur from 9 AM-2 PM in Emery. Lunch is provided. Register here:

Smoking Cessation

Cooper Clayton Method to Stop Smoking class will begin on Wednesday, June 27. The class meets for 12 weeks, June 27- September 12 (the week of July 4 the group will meet  on Tuesday, 7/3) from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 noon. This class is free for employees and spouses/partners. Classes will be offered again in September and January 2019, and by request (minimum number of participants needed).

For more information or to join the class, please email Jill Gurtatowski.

Weight Watchers

Every Thursday from 9:30-10:30 AM in Science, 101 (please arrive by 9:20 AM).

Employees and spouse/partners/adult dependents on a college medical plan only pay $3.00 per week (paid up front).  The current session ends July 26, but you can join any time.

Qualtrics Training Sessions

Come learn more about using Qualtrics, the online survey building program, with Clara Chapman. Clara will be offering six different session options:


  • July 10, 9 AM-Noon

Will focus on the projects screen, creating a survey, formatting, survey options, basic distribution of surveys, creating/using contact lists, and basic reporting.


  • July 17, 10 AM-Noon

Builds on knowledge from the Basic session. Focuses on organization of your account, collaboration, navigation/blacks, survey flow, exporting data, embedded data, piped text, and additional ways to distribute surveys.


  • June 25, 3-5 PM
  • July 24, 10 AM -Noon

Builds on knowledge from the Intermediate session. Will focus on advanced reporting options, creating/using embedded data, scoring, analyzing text responses, import options, triggers, workflow, in-line questions, and quotas.

To sign-up, please click here.

Call for Work College Consortium Grants for the 2018 Cycle

Berea faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Work College Consortium Grants. For more information, please see this PDF document. Previous grantees include Brushy Fork Institute, Dr. Cindy McGaha (Child and Family Studies), Dr. Amanda Wyrick (Psychology) and CELTS, and Dr. Tracy Hodge (Physics). Funding continues for 2018 at $3000. The deadline for proposals is June 29, 2018. Final proposals must be reviewed and approved (with signatures) by Dr. Chad Berry (Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty) and Dr. Sylvia Asante (Dean of Labor) before submitting an electronic and hard copy to Robin Taffler. Feel free to contact either Robin Taffler or Dr. Janice Blythe (Child & Family Studies) with questions.

Title IX Training Opportunities

Title IX Employee Training: All College employees are strongly encouraged to attend one in-person training session annually. This is a requirement for new employees. Training will cover important information about Berea’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures and Nondiscrimination Policy, how to prevent and identify sexual violence, appropriate methods for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, the impact of trauma on victims, and how and to whom such misconduct must be reported. Supervisors, if there are new employees in your area, please encourage them to attend one of these sessions.

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). More information can be found here. To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Alicestyne Turley ( (log-in through MyBerea portal)

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
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BC Staff Development

For more information, contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.

The Civil Rights Seminar & Tour

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups 

For more information email Sarah Broomfield at:

Participation in Community Reading Groups

Our most recent Mellon Grant focuses on the theme “belonging.” In her work, Belonging: A Culture of Place, bell hooks, Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, writes, “I believe that we can restore our hope in a world that transcends race by building communities where self-esteem comes not from feeling superior to any group but from one’s relationship to the land, to the people, and to the place.” To belong, she argues, “is to feel connected, balanced, self-restrained, generous, mutual, inclusive, and egalitarian.”

We will begin our fall semester in conversation with Dr. hooks (more details to follow) focusing on theme of belonging. For those interested in the book and conversation, please come by The Academic Vice President’s Office (Lincoln Hall, room 320) to sign for a copy of the book. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).